Not the Onion: ‘Border wall money can be saved by just having agents dodge rocks instead’

Not the Onion: ‘Border wall money can be saved by just having agents dodge rocks instead’
Martha MacCallum, Enrique Acevedo (Image: YouTube screen grab via Fox News)

Univision reporter Enrique Acevedo suggested that the U.S. government could save $25 billion if, instead of building a wall at the southern border, authorities simply instructed agents to dodge rocks being hurled at them by angry migrants.

Fox News host Martha MacCallum and Acevedo were discussing the pros and cons of a border wall when she reminded him of incidents of rock-throwing that had endangered Customs and Border Patrol agents. Said MacCallum, citing the words of a spokeswoman for CBP who advocated for bollard fencing:

… [T]his is so much better having the wall … because they can see what’s coming at them from the other side and it helps, you know, keeps them safer in their job. That sounds like a good thing, right?

Acevedo’s reply:

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Well, it’s always a good thing when we can keep border patrol agents, federal agents safer. I would just ask you, Martha, is it worth $25 billion to keep people 100, 200, 300 yards away from the border to throwing rocks at agents on the other side when you just do this?”

He then slid to one side, as if getting out of the way of an incoming object.

“Is that worth $25 billion?” he asked.

“They should dodge the rocks?” MacCallum asked incredulously. “You think they should just dodge the rocks?”

Acevedo, whose first language is Spanish, answered no, suggesting perhaps he was unfamiliar with the word dodge, before repeating, “Is it worth $25 billion to do that?”

Agents Dodging Rocks

In November, a video emerged of a mob of migrants attempting to breach the U.S./Mexico border, only to be turned back by rounds of tear gas.

Democrats and the media tried to portray the migrants as innocent victims. The reality, however, is that the illegal invaders were throwing rocks and other projectiles at law enforcement, who resorted to tear gas, according to CBP, “because of the risk to agents’ safety.”

What If They Can’t Dodge The Rocks?

Acevedo didn’t elaborate enough on his theory to explain what border agents should do if they’re not in a situation where they can dodge things being thrown at them.

One such scenario occurred in July of 2018, when agents attempted to provide medical attention to a pregnant woman, only to be hit with rocks by another illegal.

A statement via CBP reads, “As agents began to provide the woman with medical attention, one of the subjects on the bridge began to throw rocks at the agents.”

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.


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